Dog-themed exhibition reveals ancient lifestyle of common people

By Liu Sitong
Print E-mail February 8, 2018
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The Wuhou Shrine Museum in Chengdu staged an exhibition on Feb. 7, which focuses domestic dogs’ role in common people’s lives from Han to Jin Dynasty (206 BC – AD 420), as part of the museum’s celebrations of the forthcoming Chinese Year of the Dog.


The exhibition gathered more than 100 pieces of treasured cultural relics including Wuhou Shrine Museum’s own collections and ones from three Henan province museums.


Together, a variety of pottery sculptures in shapes of dogs, human figures, barns, and tier buildings create a vision of how life was more than 1,000 years ago.


The Wuhou Shrine Museum is also known as Ancestral Temple of Marquis Wu. It commemorates Shuge Liang (181-234), the prime minister of Shu Dynasty (221-263), established in the Sichuan area during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280).


The museum’s annual temple fair is set to open on Feb. 13, prior to the Chinese New Year, and will include exhibitions of New Year paintings, traditional Chinese paintings, and Chinese flowering crabapple.


Visitors examine a sculpture of a tier building at Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum's exhibition that reveals ancient lifestyles dating to Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) in celebration of the forthcoming Chinese Year of the Dog. [Photo courtesy of Chengdu Wuhou Shrine Museum]

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